race recap

i did it! i finished my first half marathon of the year and PR’ed!! finished in 2:32:11. it really was my best race ever! the majority of my races are done with TNT as a part of the leadership team which usually requires helping the participants do their best. while i try to do my best, i usually find myself just enjoying the race and the company– not really pushing through. but this race, i gave my all! i ran when i wanted to walk and i sprinted when i thought i couldn’t run anymore–it was awesome!

race was in houston; went with my boyfriend, 2 of my TNT teammates who ran & our cheer squad (TNT alumni). i wish i had pictures to share, but the boyfriend stayed w/my camera 🙁 will post soon!

race began at 7am, my friend scott and i started together as we were running the half and our other friend vincent ran the full (with an awesome time of 4:20). the course was congested the first 3 miles so we ran a pretty comfortable pace– i was able to do these without intervals. after that my buddy was going a little too fast for me to hang on so i told him he was free to leave me. 🙂

behind him was the 5 hour pacer for the full marathon, so that meant 2:30 for the half which conveniently was my goal! i held on as long as i could, ran to catch up, passed her a few times, then lost her completely. the miles seemed to just peel away as the spectators and the course were awesome!

i met my boyfriend and cheer squad at mile 8.5, i didn’t know exactly where they were but knew they would be around there so i did not stop to do intervals again- i knew they’d be watching! they were awesome and just the motivation i needed to run the rest! i felt myself running a little faster and saw buddy scott in the distance, i caught up to him but still could not hang on.

i met him again around mile 10 or so, he was now hurt with a pulled hamstring so was running slower. we kept going back and forth for the rest of the miles and with one mile to go we were at 2:20, i told him my goal is 2:30 i’m not sure i can do it but i’m sure as hell going to try! this would mean running a 10 minute mile, i would have to solely rely on prayer to do this! 🙂

i ran as hard as i could, then had to walk a bit, then ran hard again, then walked again all the while scott was behind me keeping me in the distance running hard when i walked and trying to catch up to me then said i was going too fast so i was pretty confident i was going to beat him running a comfortable speed the last half mile. that was my new goal since i wasn’t sure if i was going to make it at 2:30. well, that sucker snuck up on me out of nowhere and flew by me. i was not having it, i sprint the fastest i had ever run in my life! he came in prob just a half second before me, i really hope they got that on video of photo because that was truly a moment i would like to see! for the first time at a race i was not concerned with my photo finish, all i wanted to do was meet my goals! half a second short of one goal and 2 minutes short of another, i still call that pretty darn good! 🙂

oh, did i mention it rained the entire time too? real bummer but it was still awesome!



I hope you will donate today either in honor of someone fighting cancer, in memory of someone who has been lost to cancer, or in appreciation of yourself or others you love not affected by cancer. Until there is cure, there is no guarantee that our lives will go untouched by cancer.
THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE DONATED THUS FAR! COULD NOT HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOUR HELP! **also, there is a change in the time, the drawing will end 8pm central time instead of midnight***



spit happens

the bug is gone and i am finally feeling better! thanks again so much for the well wishes! i’m not 100% but i can run! got my first run in 7 days yesterday…it felt great! yesterday i was able to call myself a “real runner.”

you’re not a “real runner” until you……spit while you’re running! ha! i’ve always thought it was pretty gross when people do that but noticed many runners do that, it must be a “fast” runner thing because i was going pretty fast! 🙂
i’m a little ashamed to admit it…but mostly proud! i’ve always been very lady-like and it was very out of character, but you gotta do what you gotta do! 🙂
when did you realize you were a “real runner”??

also, don’t forget, today is the last week to enter my awesome drawing benefitting the leukemia & lymphoma society! ENTER HERE


feeling a little crummy…and not the cake kind :)

left work early today because i wasn’t feeling well. turns out i just needed rest…rest, what a concept! i was just thankful that i had a morning workout because you could not pay me to do anything! rest is just what i needed, felt so good to be curled up snuggled in between blankets! i truly love this weather!

day 13 of 100: 1 hour of zumba & 45 minutes of spin! well, it’s no wonder i was tired…woke up at 4am to make a 5:30 class!

don’t forget to check out my giveaway HERE


crumbs don’t have calories

so let me just start off by saying, i’ve been a very bad girl! my coworker decided to bake cookies and brought them in on monday. i resisted the first day, but by day two, i had three –maybe four. then today, i finished them off in addition to cake! lots of cake! had it for breakfast, after lunch and some after that! …after eating a yummy lunch at paesanos! but, it was the judge’s birthday and i just had to have it! isn’t it darling? i know, still bad, bad, bad! luckily, my coworker assured me that “crumbs don’t have calories.” yes, she did catch me eating crumbs of the delicious cake! ugh! i sure hope i don’t gain too many pounds for that! that is definitely the last time i do that!

day 12 of 100: awesome 4 mile run on the riverwalk! it was 31 degrees out and it was perfect running weather for me! absolutely loved it! most people in the SOUTH would say i’m crazy, but i would take cold of hot and sunny ANY day!

don’t forget to check out my giveaway HERE


that workout totally counts!

i am so overwhelmed! so much to do and so little time! i’ve made an executive decision and will be posting a “thank you letter update” every friday rather than every day. i may even write all the letters on friday, not sure yet. the problem is, i have 3 letters written and ready to go– i just haven’t made time to mail them. i need be more prepared next week! i will buy stationary and pre-stamp envelopes and will be ready to go next week! who knows, maybe then you’ll get a daily update 🙂

speaking of thank yous, i have yet to finish the book ‘365 thank yous.’ the book i am basing this idea off of.:( i stayed late again at work and did not pack my gym clothes. i decided i would eat, workout (i intended to do my dallas cowboy cheerleader bootcamp video since i would not be going to the gym), wash 5 loads of laundry since i am way overdo and relax & read! the only thing i did was eat and slept! 🙁 i was so angry when i woke up at midnight and realized that i had ruined my 100 day challenge. i thought, if only it were 11:30 i would totally get up and workout! then i thought, NO! this can’t be right, i’ve worked so hard these last 10 days and i will not accept this. today i made a delivery to 2 different buildings and it took me exactly 30 minutes! the rules say ‘at least 30 minutes of movement’ and that my friends, was 30 minutes of movement! please help me justify this! and an added bonus is, my pedometer read 18,605 steps! that totally counts! right? right!

day 11 of 100: 30 minute walk!


i met a dixie chick!

highlight of my day: meeting emily robison from the dixie chicks!
dixie chicks are my absolute favorite and i was thrilled to be meeting her!
she was on our jury panel and sadly not selected to be a part of our jury…i’m just glad i got a picture with her! she was so down to earth and humble; very sweet! one chick down, two more to go! 🙂

day 10 of 100: 30 minutes on crossramp. i stayed late after work because of this jury trial and i was extremly exhausted. it was 31 degrees out and i did not want to go to the gym! my great friend kelley gave me motivation and thankfully i made it to the gym!

needless to say, kelley gets thank you letter no. 10!



weekends are always fun, but this one i particulary was looking forward to because it was the first friday of the month which means, PUB RUN! different running groups get together and take a 3 mile run to 4 different bars in downtown san antonio. our group really goes all out, this time our theme was ‘super heroes’ (made up ones anyway)


day 7 of 100: 3 mile run
day 8 of 100: 8 mile run! yeah go me!
day 9 of 100: 30 minute swim
day 10 of 100: 30 minute crossramp

thank you letter no. 7 & 8: i recieved the spurs tickets and flemings giftcard that i previously won, so obviously, the thank you letters went out to them!
thank you letter no. 9: i wrote it to one of my very good friends, kelley! yesterday was 30 degrees out, i stayed late after work and was very tired and did not want to go to they gym, she was a great motivator! and she’s always a great friend!

yes! you are the lucky few who will get first dibs on these awesome giveaways/raffle. as most of you know, i am entering my 7th season with Team in Training. We train to run marathons while raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This season I am raising money to run the Zooma Austin Half Marathon on April 16th (my birthday weekend)and my goal is to raise $2000!

here’s how it works, make a donation to my TNT website HERE. since this is a sneak preview, YOU chose the amount you donate! a set requirement will be made once all the prizes are announced next monday. after making a donation, leave a comment here and you are in!(this is mandatory to be elgible for the following extra entries)


1. Become a follower of my blog or already be one. Leave a comment.
2. Put a link to this giveaway on your blog. Leave a comment.
3. Have a blog post specifically mentioning/advertising this giveaway. Leave a comment.

3 Bondi Band Headbands courtesy of Bondi Band .


Race Bib Book (similar to the ones pictured)
courtesy of Laura Elaine Designs .


TNT Earth Angel Necklace
(circle charm stamped with the words “TNT Earth Angel,” a wing charm, and a purple crystal (similar to the ones pictured)
courtesy of Lift your Sole .


A $100 Gift Card to Flemings They are Nationwide, check out the locations here. .


You have until January 30th(midnight central time) to donate/enter and I’ll announce the winners and their prizes on the 31st. Prizes will be drawn in order. I hope you’ll enter, help me spread the word, and help me raise tons of money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!!! 🙂


just for the bling of it

hey! who stopped following me? i went down to 49…oh well, it gives me time to think of an awesome giveaway! 🙂

so, just joined this awesome challenge run for the bling of it.

i heard about people doing this last year and thought it would be cool to try in 2011, when i found out about this challenge i just couldn’t pass it!

my first race will be january 30th, the aramco houston half marathon! it came to my attention that i only have 3 weeks left to train! yikes! good thing i started bingham’s 100 day challenge 🙂 they gave a sneak peak of the medal today, featured above 🙂 do you love it? i do!

thank you letter no.6: i wrote this letter to a person i recently met last year running a race who was a part of another TNT running group, stacey. she constantly posts positive messages on facebook bright and early in the morning. she REALLY makes my day. some people post negative stuff and its such a breath of fresh air getting her take on the morning, puts me in a good mood. one morning i found myself asking, ‘how would stacey turn this negative situation into a positive one? 🙂

day 6 of 100: went running w/some favorite girlfriends, 3.9 miles. funny how i have a half marathon in just 3 weeks and that is the highest mileage i have reached! i don’t have a time for you because i forgot my watch
it was a fun run w/the gals! afterwards we worked on our running capes! yes, we are going to do our monthly pub run tomorrow and our theme is super heroes! stayed tuned, tomorrow i will post pics of the fab event!


my first DNF

50 followers? yay! welcome to my blog, as i promised i will be hosting a giveaway since we reached 50! any ideas, anything you would like to see given away?

thank you letter no.5: “dear cafeteria, thank you for going up in prices by nearly 40% and having a $5.00 minimum to use my debit card resulting in making myself breakfast on a daily basis.” i don’t think this is what kralik had in mind, but i truly am grateful. my spinach & feta omelet rocked! now, i didn’t send the letter for fear that it might offend someone, but i did post on facebook so that makes it legit 🙂

day 5 of 100: 5k (DNF), yes i really did just give myself a DNF (did not finish)-my first ever! i attempted a 5k, but really did not feel the run. maybe it was the different route, maybe it was the tourist that were on the different route, maybe it was knowing i had to be at a meeting right after……maybe i was just too damn tired! whatever the case may be it just was not a good run and i use the term ‘run’ loosely. i ended up walking a whole lot! i may not have completed my race, but i did meet the requirements of bingham’s 100 day challenge of 30 minutes of movement! 🙂 so i am not a complete failure 🙂


just another day in paradise!

what a great day! my morning would have most likely put someone in a bad mood, but not me! it started w/a GREAT zumba workout! we have a new instructor and she was really upbeat and made an effort to get my name. “muy bien, grace” she kept on saying! maybe it was the praise that she gave me, i don’t know but i enjoyed it very much! 🙂 next was a spin class, if you’ve read my posts you know that i HATE spin, but there are so many positive benefits from it and one of my resolutions this year was to try new things. i have to say i LOVED it! this instructor helped me w/the bike and checked on me during and after class. i’ve always been intimidated by this class, but not today…i really did love it! i can’t wait to go back on thursday!

needless to say, thank you letter no.4 went to the manager of spectrum thanking the employee for treating me so kind and also thanking her for changing the mood at spectrum. this is her first year there and she has undoubtedly made a difference!

day 4 of 100: 1 hour zumba & 45 minute spin….oh yes, and the bad thing that happened to me this morning. i forgot my clothes in my truck which is parked 1.1 miles away, i know this because i used my garmin as i ran there in…THE POURING RAIN! ah, what luck! i got my clothes, rode the bus back to the gym and got ready there. thought i was going to be late for work, but clocked in just in time! phew! 🙂

and the best part of the day was me getting a call from spectrum, my gym, telling me i won a $500 gift card to flemings and 2 box seats to see the san antonio spurs! how sweet is that?! i won for posting the above picture on facebook and getting the most ‘likes’ from my friends. i really do have the best friends! 🙂